Above: Group Village Headman of Kazitenge Village —
Addressing Crowd at The Face-to-Face Project Victory Garden Event
Overlooked by government and large charities, tribal chiefs are traditional leaders in the everyday lives of villagers. Chiefs command respect and support, and that’s why The Face-to-Face Project works closely with them.
In the past 2 weeks, 143 chiefs came to The Face-to-Face Project victory garden events. They all know The Face-to-Face Project doesn’t provide handouts or material goods, and they understand that we require them to create victory gardens at their own homes.
The head chief of Kazitenge village, in a red coat above, celebrates with fellow chiefs because most of his residents have victory gardens. He tells other chiefs that his people are growing their own food, without spending money. He explains that villagers are healthier, children go to school, and crime has gone down.
Chief Kazitenge urges other chiefs to follow his lead. In 5 districts in Malawi, that’s exactly what chiefs are doing.
Demand for victory gardens is sky high. And The Face-to-Face Project believes the sky’s the limit.